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Sleeping Less than 6 Hours Can Double Your Risk of Heart Attack

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  • Research indicates that sleeping less than six hours may increase insulin resistance and diabetes. It may also double risk of angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. The same appears to be true when you sleep more than nine hours per night.
  • Humans are biologically programmed to nap during the daytime. Training your body to resist the urge to nap in the afternoon can lead to inability to easily fall asleep at night.
  • Ideally, you should sleep enough hours so that your energy is sustained through the day without artificial stimulation, with the exception of a daytime nap.
  • Engaging in shift work dramatically increases mortality. Preliminary data shows that increasing melatonin levels during your night shift—effectively turning it into an artificial day—you can minimize some of the detrimental effects.

By Dr. Mercola

In my experience, you can have the best diet in the world, have the best exercise program and be free from emotional stress, but if you aren't sleeping well, for whatever reason, it is virtually impossible to be healthy.


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